Meet the Missionaries

Karen Hunka


ASSIGNMENT:

Accountant

COUNTRY:

Ghana
Karen is from Latrobe, PA and a member of St. Florian Parish in the Diocese of Greensburg. She is the mother of four adult children and spent her career as an accountant. Karen is serving as an accountant in the Diocese of Damongo, Ghana. She is assigned to the Diocesan Secretariat and also helps out at St. Ann Secondary School.

Danita Kurtz


ASSIGNMENT:

Teacher

COUNTRY:

Papua New Guinea
Danita served as an English teacher in the Diocese of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. The half of her assignment she taught at Caritas Technical Vocational Secondary School which was a “2nd chance” school for girls. Danita completed her term of service teaching at St. Joseph Junior High School which is a co-ed school.

Rachel Sybor


ASSIGNMENT:

Teacher

COUNTRY:

Cameroon
Rachel was a recent college graduate when she joined LMH. She served as a maths and physics teacher at St. Sylvester Secondary School in Sop, Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon.

Debbie Bauer


ASSIGNMENT:

Teacher

COUNTRY:

Cameroon
Debbie taught English and Computer Knowledge to her students at St. Pius X Secondary School and Teachers Training College in the Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon.

Pete & Joy Newburn


ASSIGNMENT:

Professor, Lecturer (Pete)/Counselor, Consultant (Joy)

COUNTRY:

Cameroon
Pete & Joy Newburn and their children, Joshua, Jessica and Emily, served in the Archdiocese of Bamenda, Cameroon. Pete, who had been a Pastoral Associate in the Diocese of San Bernardino, CA taught at the major seminary. Joy, who has a background in psychology, served at a school for intellectually challenged children, at a HIV/Aids counseling center, and with the local Catholic schools. The children attended the local primary school.

Diana Sherrod


ASSIGNMENT:

Nurse Tutor

COUNTRY:

Uganda
Diana served as a nurse tutor at Karoli Lwanga Hospital’s school of nursing in Nyakibale, Diocese of Kabale, Uganda. In addition to being a nurse tutor, Diana was instrumental in creating a curriculum and teaching computers to the nursing students to enable them to do research.

Ryan & Maura Martin


ASSIGNMENT:

Campus Minister (Ryan)/Nurse (Maura)

COUNTRY:

Cameroon
Maura and Ryan Martin and their children, Honora, Clare and Patrick, served the people of the Archdiocese of Bamenda, Cameroon. Ryan served as a Campus Minister at the Catholic University of Cameroon. Maura served in the Health Secretariat that supported remote health clinics throughout the archdiocese.

Chris & Alicia Johnson


ASSIGNMENT:

Nurse (Chris)/Teacher (Alicia)

COUNTRY:

Cameroon
The Johnson family served in the Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon. During the first half of their assignment, Chris’s job was to travel to the different diocesan health centers to assist the staff and to structure a set of protocol for the clinics. In the second half of his service, he worked at the new Cardiac Center of Shisong Hospital. Alicia taught English at St. Augustine Secondary School. In addition to teaching, she helped form a student newspaper and ran a mobile library during the summer months. Their sons, Keaton and Quinn attended the school as well.

Earl Fong & Diane Prell


ASSIGNMENT:

Teachers

COUNTRY:

Tanzania
Earl & Diane (married couple) are from San Francisco, CA and are members of Notre Dame Des Victoires Church. Earl has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters in Computer Science from San Francisco State University. They served in the Diocese of Mtwara in Tanzania. Earl taught Maths and Computers at Aquinas Secondary School. Diane has a Bachelor degree in English from Acadia University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Seattle University. Diane taught Literature and was the school librarian and assistant academic.

Ed & Cathy Medina


ASSIGNMENT:

Physicians Assistant (Ed)/Nurse Tutor (Cathy)

COUNTRY:

Cameroon
Ed and Cathy Medina and their children Terisa, Megan and Billy served in Shisong, Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon. Ed, a physicians assistant, served in the outpatient clinic of the hospital. Cathy, a registered nurse, served as a nurse tutor (teacher) and the hospital’s nursing school. Their children attended the local Catholic primary school.

Jeff & Courtney Caiola


ASSIGNMENT:

Administrator (Jeff) & Nurse Tutor (Courtney)

COUNTRY:

Uganda
Jeff & Courtney Caiola and their children Ellis, Marie & Gabriella served at Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale, Diocese of Kabale. Jeff served as the hospital administrator and Courtney, a registered nurse, taught at the hospital nursing school. Their children attended the local primary school.

Joshua & Rachel Knight


ASSIGNMENT:

Water Project Engineer/Teacher

COUNTRY:

Cameroon
Joshua and Rachel Knight, and their children Mary and Grace, served in the Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon. Joshua, an environmental engineer, worked on diocesan sponsored clean water projects in several villages in the diocese. Due to lack of clean water, many people became sick or died from water born diseases. These water projects provided the only clean and safe water to these communities. Rachel, a teacher, served as an English teacher at St. Augustine Secondary School. In addition, she and the children volunteered at an orphanage at Shisong Hospital.

Jovanni & Grace Chang


ASSIGNMENT:

Pastoral Associates

COUNTRY:

Taiwan
Jovanni and Grace are from Hacienda Heights, California and are members of St. John Vianney Church. Jovanni attended Pasadena City College and Pasadena Institute of Technology. Grace attended university in Taiwan. They have two grown sons. Jovanni and Grace served as Pastoral Associates, assisting the Sisters of Our Lady of China in their ministries to the students at Chung Jen Junior College. They served in the Life Education Center at the school. The vast majority of the students are not Christian, and as a Catholic institution, the Life Education Center promotes healthy living, service and values.

Joyce Alpaugh


ASSIGNMENT:

Bursar

COUNTRY:

Cameroon
Joyce served as the bursar of St. Sylvester Secondary School in the town of Sop, Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon. She was responsible for collecting school fees, payroll, and the overall accounting of the school. She implemented a computer program to facilitate the accounting system (everything had been done by hand), and trained someone to take her place. Joyce has returned to Cameroon for short term assignments–implementing an accounting system and training staff at Shisong Hospital.

Justin & Lauren Linck


ASSIGNMENT:

Teacher (Justin)/Librarian/Teacher (Lauren)

COUNTRY:

Tanzania
Justin & Lauren Linck were newly married when they joined LMH and were assigned to the Diocese of Mtwara in Tanzania. They served at Aquinas Secondary School, the only Catholic secondary school in the diocese. Justin taught math and initially Lauren taught religious studies but soon became the full-time librarian for the school.

Mitch Tolbert


ASSIGNMENT:

Pastoral Associate

COUNTRY:

Guatemala
Mitch served as a Pastoral associate in Guatemala for 10 years. He primary activity was the work of the Social Pastorate (pastorates of Health, Land, Women, Human Rights, Education, Migrants). His role was that of catalyst, facilitator, animator, instigator, intermediary, accompanist, and organizer.

Warren & Deanna Bowers


ASSIGNMENT:

Teacher (Warren)/School Nurse & Teacher (Deanna)

COUNTRY:

Cameroon
Warren and Deanna Bowers, retired engineer and nurse, served at St. Rita Vocational School in Nkambe, Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon. Warren taught woodworking and project management. Deanna served as the school nurse and taught health education.

David & Jill Kalinski


ASSIGNMENT:

Teacher (David)/Pastoral Associate (Jill)

COUNTRY:

Marshall Islands
David and Jill Kalinski and their sons Samuel and Peter served on an outer island in the Apostolic Prefecture of the Marshall Islands. With the exception of annual visits by Msgr. James Gould and the Maryknoll Sisters, the Kalinski’s were the only Catholic missionary presence on the atoll. David taught English and History at the local secondary school. Jill’s primary roll was as a pastoral associate at the parish–assisting and building up the church leadership. Their sons attended the local Catholic primary school and Jill substitute taught at the school when needed.

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